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Winchester School of Art

National recognition for Winchester School of Art’s high quality degree programmes

Published: 4 June 2014

Winchester School of Art (WSA) has leapt up the rankings in the respected league tables published each year in the Guardian newspaper.

The 2015 edition of the prestigious guide to universities has placed all its degree programmes in Fine Art, Graphics, and Fashion in the top ten of courses offered in the UK.

In Fine Art and Graphics WSA degrees rose 18 places from 25th to 7th on last year; Fashion programmes are up 16 places from 25th to 9th. In detail, 89 percent of WSA students said they were satisfied with their course; 96.5 per cent were satisfied with the teaching of arts subjects; 93.2 were satisfied with the teaching of fashion and textiles.

Ed D’Souza, Head of WSA says "We have improved our league position considerably over the past two years and this signifies a recognition of Winchester School of Art as a centre of excellence. The 2015 ranking is a tribute to the quality of our students and degree programmes as recognised by our students and importantly the hard work and dedication of our leading team of staff."

Overall, the University rose five places in the Guardian table from 24th to 19th out of 116 higher education institutions in the UK. It was also ranked at 16 in the Complete University Guide published in May 2014.

"The Guardian university guide is a powerful weapon in the prospective student's arsenal," says shadow minister for higher education, Liam Byrne in the newspaper. "Its unrivalled analysis of university performance is complemented by a rigorous dataset – from student satisfaction rates to employability statistics – enabling young people to make an informed choice on where to study."

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